Nick Mertens

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Welcome to my blog and portfolio! This is where I post new work and the occasional update around illustration, web development and other topics.

Planet of the Abes

15 Apr, 2014

Planet of the Abes

pota-posterThis T-shirt design illustration is based on a poster for the original movie Planet of the Apes (see the thumbnail on the right)

I was limited to only 6 colours, so I decided to create it in Illustrator. Using a Wacom tablet, I recreated the major shading and swapped out the apes with Abes.

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This is not a painting

3 Apr, 2014

This is not a painting

I’m serious. Yes, it looks pretty much identical to Benczúr Gyula’s painting Buda Repossession about the recapture of Budapest from invading Ottoman forces.

So what is it? It’s a 3D render. Extremely talented 3D artist Farkas Zsolt created all the 3D models in the exact same poses as shown in the original, then applied some killer textures. The end result is stunning. Make sure to watch the video below:

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Scott Pilgrim vs. Dark Souls

22 Mar, 2014

Scott Pilgrim vs. Dark Souls

It’s mashup time! As I teased a few days ago, I’ve been working on a T-shirt design this week. I can now reveal that it’s a mashup between Scott Pilgrim and Dark Souls.

As it is a mashup of a movie (based on a comic) and a video game, I realise that not everybody will get this reference, so let me explain:

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Drawing in Progress: Mashup time!

20 Mar, 2014

As a big fan of T-shirt designs on Teefury and all the mashups between different IPs (games, movies, TV shows, etc), I got my very own idea for a mashup! It is something I would love to make into a T-shirt design and submit it to Teefury or Threadless or what have you.

Here’s a bit of a teaser ;)

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